Breeders: Exotic Shorthair Cat

The Exotic cat breed has the body and head type of the Persian, but has a short, plush coat.

The breed was developed during the 1950s and 1960s by crossing Persians and various shorthaired breeds, although early in their development, CFA restricted outcrosses to the American Shorthair for Exotic Shorthair kittens when it was accepted for championship status in 1967.

The breed is called the Exotic Shorthair in most associations. It is called the Exotic here because some longhaired offspring of Exotics are called the Exotic Longhair, and at least a few organizations recognize the Exotic Longhair as a separate breed. Exotic kittens are found in the same wide variety of colors and patterns as the Persian, including the Himalayan colorpoint pattern.

Undoubtedly, the Exotic personality is, if not identical, very much like the Persian’s, quiet, loyal, sweet, and affectionate. They want to be involved in their favorite humans’ lives and will quietly follow them from room to room just to see what they are doing. They also enjoy hugs and cuddles, and lavish their humans with purrs and licks of affection until the thick coat drives them away to lounge on cool kitchen linoleum or cold fireplace bricks. Fanciers point out that because of the short coat, they can spend more time playing with their Exotics than grooming them.

The Exotic is sometimes called the “lazy man’s Persian”, as it has the same body and head type, but without the daily grooming requirements.

If you believe the Exotic is the right breed for you, check the following link about breeders:

List of Exotic Shorthair Breeders


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